About the Book

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of. Fantastic inspiration for the new year.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper's Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. Gilbert’s short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.

About the Reviews

You are creative...and owning that creativity, exploring it, expressing it, following it - especially when it makes no sense - is exactly what this book is about. Sort of. Reading Gilbert's book was a bit like reading the journal of a lifetime friend, nodding enthusiastically every other page or so, and saying time after time, "Yes, that's just like her! She was always this way!" And then eventually realizing I was reading my own journal. Which is weird, because I'm a guy. Gilbert has managed to write something both deadly serious and hilarious, deeply frivolous and vitally important, and ... well ... wildly creative. Affirming, challenging, and required reading for everyone. Yes, even you. C'mon, if you're reading this review, you already know you want to read the book. So get to it. Books don't read themselves.

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I've hit my happy...

stride in this book... when reading a book that I absolutely don't want to stop...I want to keep seeing flashing neon lights framed around the BIG MAGICal WORDS that spells, "YES YES YES YES YES!"

Thankfully, I'm also in the section where Gilbert reminds and affirms that LIFE doesn't always abide to how and what we want when we want it...but she also encourages that... if we are faithful lovers, that magical "IT" won't leave us either. So, I have 100 pages remaining, but am SO pumped and happy that I have this snippet of time to WRITE... a review.

If you're passionate about your writing, your art, your whatever-makes-your-precious-heart-sing & be happy... I highly recommend Gilbert's book -- this one. For if you've stalled, set down, given up, cried privately, wondered if it's just too freaking late for you to be the artist, the receiver, a creator, because of the other practical life... here is an experienced wayshower who calls your bluff, your whatever you've told yourself why you can't. She's been rejected (tons), she's kept her day jobs, she's continued through deserts of unknown, silence, angst, doubt, about "the work"...and she's laying it out for us/me/you/your offspring/your friend... find your way.

Find it. Because it IS there (patiently waiting, playing, whistling, digging in the sand with its toes) and it's probably not quite how you've framed it (if you've stalled).

I am feeling this is my "eat, pray,, love writing" book. Thank you, Elizabeth (and I adored your comment, "Are you finished with that?" Thank you again ~

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The best thing to me about this lovely, lighthearted, profound book is the permission to follow my curiosities. I have always been "too curious," someone who gets feverish passions about things and eventually moves on, feeling a tad embarrassed, leaving behind a mountain of glass beadmaking stuff, a garden falling into seed, a trove of drying oil paints, a pair of battered ballet slippers,a surfboard, a drum set gathering dust. When I finally began writing, though, I saw the fulfillment of all of these things... and then I became a passionate workaholic, writing five or six books a year, seemingly unstoppable...until I stopped one day, and had run out of passion, out of ideas.

I needed Big Magic to get going again.

And like Liz, I found it in a turning off everything, turning inward, and putting my hands back into the soil of my dried-out, weed-choked garden. It's okay to be curious about things, learn them, and move on. It all becomes grist for the creative mill. Thanks, Liz, for your delightful, humorous, tender voice giving us permission. (And yeah, fishing is one of my passions, too. I love everything about stream fishing.)

Toby Neal, Author of the Lei Crime Series

Product Info

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (September 27, 2016)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 2,337 customer reviews

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